DEMOCRATS ABROAD UK PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS LAUNCH EVENT: A CONVERSATION WITH ASSISTANT SPEAKER KATHERINE CLARK (MA-5)
Please join us at 6:30pm on February 15th for the official launch of the Democrats Abroad UK’s new Progressive Caucus. This will be an online Zoom event.
We are very excited to announce that our first guest speaker will be Assistant Speaker KATHERINE CLARK of Massachusetts’ 5th congressional district. Congresswoman Clark, as Assistant Speaker of the House, is the 4th-ranked Democratic legislator in Congress, the second-highest-ranking woman in leadership and Massachusetts’s highest-ever ranking woman in the House.
An active participant in the Democratic Women’s Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Assistant Speaker Clark has sponsored several House bills with a focus on women’s rights, reproductive justice, child care, and education. She is also a member of the influential US House Committee on Appropriations, which has direct oversight of how federal money is spent.
Assistant Speaker Clark will speak to us about the current 2022 election cycle and her work to maintain and grow the House Democratic Majority. She will also update us on key progressive priorities.
Following Assistant Speaker Clark’s remarks, we will have a brief volunteer training on how to talk about politics and engage people who do not typically vote. Then, we’ll be introducing the DAUK Progressive Caucus, our aims and values, and how you can get involved. We look forward to seeing you on February 15th!
RSVP link: https://www.democratsabroad.org/democrats_abroad_uk_progressive_caucus_launch_event_a_conversation_with_assistant_speaker_katherine_clark_ma-5
About Katherine Clark
Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark is a force for change, determined lawmaker, and advocate for her constituents in Massachusetts’s Fifth Congressional District. Since her first election, Katherine has fought for women, children, and families, ensuring that the issues families talk about around their kitchen tables are on the table in Washington. Her leadership is recognized by her colleagues who elected Katherine as Assistant Speaker, making her the second-highest-ranking woman in leadership and Massachusetts’s highest-ever ranking woman in the House.
Every day, Katherine uses her position in leadership to fight for high quality, affordable child care, paid family leave, safer schools and expanded educational access for vulnerable students, access to health care for women, and ending wage discrimination.
Katherine believes in using the power of politics as a means of helping people — a guiding principle she has engaged at every level of government. Before her election to Congress, Katherine served as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, Chief of the Policy Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General, a member of the Melrose school committee, and in both the house and senate branches of the Massachusetts legislature.
Katherine won a special election to Congress to replace now-Senator Ed Markey in 2013. In the time Katherine has represented MA 5, she’s championed work on behalf of women, children, and families to deliver on national policy and bring federal resources home for her constituents.
Following the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Katherine partnered with civil rights icon John Lewis to lead the historic sit-in on the House Floor, calling on the then Republican-controlled body to allow votes on common sense gun safety reforms. She has stridently opposed efforts to restrict access to reproductive health care. Since the onset of COVID-19, Katherine has successfully sought relief for families struggling to access high quality, affordable child care, small businesses fighting to survive, and schools working to reopen while keeping their staff and students safe.
Katherine also actively uses her position to support the election of Democrats with shared values, and the reelection of colleagues across the country.
Katherine is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Cornell University School of Law, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She and her husband Rodney have three children and live in Revere, Massachusetts with their rescue dog Bodie.